Apr 17, 2011 · 8:00 AM
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NOTE: This hike is cross-posted with the Fredericksburg Regional Hiking \ Biking \ Outdoors Group.
This is a long and strenuous hike with approximately 5300 feet of elevation gain. You should be an experienced hiker that understands what it means to hike this long with this much elevation gain. If you are at all unsure, please contact the hike leader (Dave) for further guidance.
The hike is a combination of three HikingUpward.com hikes:
Big Run - http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/BigRun/
Austin/Furnace Mountains - http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/AustinFurnaceMountains/
Jones Run/Doyles River - http://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/JonesRunDoylesRiver/
We will get an early start at 8:00am from the trailhead so that we can finish the hike with time to stop in Culpeper for an after hike meal.
We will park in the Doyles River parking area. Use the directions provided for the Big Run hike as it uses this same parking area.
We will start with the Big Run hike. Where it intersects with the Austin/Furnace Mountains hike, we will continue with that hike. Where the Austin/Furnace Mountains hike intersects with the Jones Run/Doyles River hike, we will continue with that hike. A map and detailed itinary for our hike can be found at this link:
As always, be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks for this hike. I suggest 3 to 4 liters of water.
You should also bring extra socks and dress in layers. You will need to remove your outer layer(s) when we start the hike and you will want to put some of this clothing back on when we stop for breaks to prevent getting chilled.